Minister Found Guilty of Kidnapping

While it is good to see that some justice is being done, this is still a tragic story. From the Hartford Courant:

BURLINGTON, Vermont (Reuters) – A Mennonite minister was found guilty on Tuesday of aiding and abetting international kidnapping by helping a woman flee to Nicaragua with her daughter to evade court orders giving visitation rights to her former lesbian partner.

The case has drawn widespread attention as gay rights groups and evangelical Christian groups have taken opposing sides in the legal battle between the two women over Isabella Miller-Jenkins, now 10.

Federal prosecutors say Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, helped orchestrate Lisa Miller’s flight to Canada and Nicaragua in 2009 with her daughter out of Christian solidarity with her decision to reject homosexuality and her former partner. The two Millers are not related.

For those who haven’t kept up with the story, Lisa Miller was one part of a lesbian civil union with a woman named Janet Jenkins. Though the union was from Vermont, the two lived in Virginia with their daughter.

Unfortunately, at some point Lisa Miller turned “ex-gay,” dissolved the union and started a custody battle. Jenkins won custody, but then Miller disappeared with their daughter in 2009. They turned up, names changed, in Nicaragua. Now, in the above, it seems that Kenneth Miller has been found guilty of aiding and abetting with that flight from America.

It is a truly ugly situation, and I have to think that it’s the inevitable result of much of the culture war rhetoric that has made anti-homosexuality the centerpiece of American Christianity. Right Wing Watch has been following the developing story for years, including the complicated involvement of the law department at Liberty University. I can only hope that they get some happier new to cover in the near future.

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  • JohnMWhite

    Making anti-homosexuality the centre-piece of Christianity does seem to be a significant issue in the US and UK. It is a shame, and does them no favours if they actually want to win this culture war they are so determined to fight. They just leave a trail of collateral damage in their wake and then, cowards that they are, pretend that they had nothing to do with it because theirs is a religion of love.

  • The Other Weirdo

    It’s good the see the LGBT community finally being able to share in all the benefits of the wider society.

  • vasaroti

    He looks like Drew Peterson.

  • pagansister

    Sad situation. The child is the ultimate one who suffers, just like those involved in heterosexual splits.
    Glad the preacher man has been found guilty of kidnapping. Maybe “god” will be there while he sits in the clink!